National Geographic Traveler researcher Christine Blau (on Twitter @Chris_Blau and on Instagram @christineblau) touched down in Austin, Texas, hoping to take a break from winter. Instead, she was greeted with unseasonably cold and rainy weather that shocked locals.
Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words:
Local Quirk: “Keep Austin Weird” neatly sums up the Texas capital’s eccentric aspirations. Quirks like Mexican free-tailed bats living under a bridge, clothing-optional Hippie Hollow Park, and throwing anannual birthday bash since 1963 for Eeyore, A.A. Milne’s lovable donkey, make sense here. Some find the funk in live music 365 days a year, local designers lining South Congress Street, or hipster food trucks in East Austin.
Continue reading this article on National Geographic Intelligent Travel blog, published Feb. 2, 2015.